NFL should run far away from reviewable roughing the passer rule proposal

The NFL will reportedly consider changing the rules to make roughing the passer a reviewable play for the 2021 NFL season. This appears to be a proposal submitted to the Competition Committee from one or more teams. It is a proposal that should send shivers down everyone's spine. Over the years, the

Replay official Terri Valenti retires after 4 NFL seasons

Terri Valenti, the first female NFL replay official, has retired from the league -- confirmed by the NFL -- after serving 4 seasons as a replay official on crews led by referees Tony Corrente, John Hussey, and Craig Wrolstad. Valenti, 60, officiated in both the United Football League and Arena

3 NFL officials have retired so far

Retiring officials sometimes leave their shoes on the field after their last game. Football Zebras has learned that officials Ruben Fowler, Tom Symonette and Bart Longson will not return to the National Football League in the 2021 season. Typically, the NFL does not announce why an official leaves the league, although

NFL hires Maia Chaka, the league’s first Black woman official The NFL is quickly setting new milestones with the hiring of Maia Chaka as an on-field official for the 2021 season. She will be the first Black woman to officiate an NFL game. Chaka was officially announced in a segment of NBC's Today show. The hiring comes just months after the

NFL announces closer officiating ties with select college conferences

The NFL announced Thursday that it is forming a closer officiating relationship with select college conferences to improve "the officiating pipeline." The goal is to share NFL mechanics, technology and resources with college partners, expand recruiting opportunities, provide more opportunities for women and minorities and strengthen officials' training. The Big Ten, Conference

5 Super Bowl officiating odds and ends

Let's dig down into the Super Bowl LV crew and see how it stacks up historically to Super Bowl officials. 1. Roster history In the 101-year history of the NFL, more than 1,100 people have officiated at least one NFL game. In 55 Super Bowls, there have been 366 officiating slots open. 206

Gerald Austin is out as head of Conference USA officiating

Football Zebras has confirmed that former NFL referee Gerald Austin has left his post as coordinator of football officials for Conference USA. The conference posted the job opening to their website today. "Gerald's role is going to change, but he will continue to work with Conference USA," said Russ Anderson, assistant

Officiating crews for the Senior Bowl and Hula Bowl

Football Zebras has confirmed the officiating rosters for the two remaining college invitational all-star games: the Senior Bowl and the Hula Bowl. While NFL scouts and teams will evaluate players again this weekend, the NFL will use the Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. to evaluate some of its developmental officials